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  • 31 Baltimore officers suspended in extortion scheme

    02/24/2011 2:11:28 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/24/2011 | AP News
    Thirty-one Baltimore police officers have been suspended after authorities uncovered a towing extortion scheme, and 17 of them are facing federal charges. The department is starting suspension hearings Thursday for the officers, many of whom were assigned to the northeastern district. It is also filling a staffing gap in that district with a 20-officer community stabilization unit.
  • Chevron asks court to block $9.5B Ecuadorean award {and refuses to apologize}

    02/18/2011 3:15:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/18/11 | LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
    A Chevron Corp. lawyer said Friday that the company will not apologize for damage that an oil company it purchased is accused of causing to Ecuador's rainforest even though the refusal means a $9.5 billion judgment against it will nearly double within days. Attorney Randy Mastro instead attacked the judgment issued Monday by an Ecuadorean judge as the product of a corrupt judicial system and urged a U.S. judge to block lawyers for Ecuadoreans from trying to collect the money by getting other countries to seize Chevron assets and bank accounts. Mastro told U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in...
  • AWOL Wisconsin Democrat calls CNN with list of demands (RAT Fleas hold children hostage)

    02/18/2011 7:29:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 85 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/17/11 | Mary Katharine Ham
    AWOL Wisconsin Democrat calls CNN with list of demandsBy Mary Katharine Ham - The Daily Caller Updated: 4:31 PM 02/17/2011 State Senator Mark Miller, a member of the missing band of Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers who fled Madison Thursday to avoid a vote on a budget bill, called into CNN with the group’s list of demands for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Miller, a state senator since 2004, would not disclose where he and his colleagues were hiding out, saying only “we are in what we consider a secure location outside the capital. We are not all in one place at this...
  • Dianne Wilkerson sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

    01/06/2011 4:57:48 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NECN (AP) ^ | January 6, 2011
    BOSTON (AP) - A former Massachusetts state senator convicted of corruption after being videotaped stuffing bribe money into her bra has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
  • "Armed Citizen" Blog Re-Launches; Self-Defense Site Rebounds From Lawsuit

    01/04/2011 4:37:19 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 43 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | January 4, 2011 | David Burnett
    The Armed Citizen is back online!, the premiere website for chronicling civilian defensive gun use re-launched on New Year’s Day following five months of down time. The site, founded by historian and author Clayton Cramer, fell prey to a frivolous lawsuit from a company known as Righthaven, a legal firm which partners with online newspapers to sue blogs that rebroadcast stories or images from the publications. “It’s basically legal extortion,” said co-blogger David Burnett. “They print their stories online with all kinds of buttons inviting you to share the story on the web. If you repost the story with...
  • Mass. jury rules against Lorillard, awards $71M to dead smoker's family

    12/14/2010 2:52:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec. 14, 2010
    A Massachusetts jury today ordered cigarette manufacturer Lorillard Inc. to pay $71 million in damages to a dead smoker's family for allegedly seducing the Boston woman decades ago into smoking Newport cigarettes. The Suffolk Superior Court jury awarded compensatory damages of $50 million to the estate of Marie Evans and $21 million to her son, William Evans. A hearing on punitive damages in the lawsuit has been scheduled for Thursday. The total amount of damages awarded could rise significantly at that hearing. The case was the first to claim that Lorillard had decided to target minority communities with samples of...
  • Growing threat to Mexico's crops (Hijacking, extortion and murder)

    12/11/2010 3:58:12 PM PST · by Racehorse · 20 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11 December 2012 | William Pack
    The drug violence in Mexico has a new potential victim: the potent agricultural sector in that country and its multibillion-dollar ties to consumers, farmers and ranchers in the United States. So far, two South Texas produce companies have changed the way they conduct business there. It's primarily how they move strawberries, melons, onions and other produce out of Mexico that has been affected rather than the growing practices themselves, company representatives said. SNIP Progreso already is transporting commodities grown in places like the city of Tampico on Mexico's Gulf Coast and the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico in multi-truck...
  • Righthaven: Obama Ties To Copyright War Deepen

    12/09/2010 11:27:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies ^ | 12/9/10 | staff
    Bloggers already know of the association between Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Steve Gibson. The latter's Righthaven firm has launched a legal war on websites over alleged copyright infringement. All three worked for Chicago Law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where Gibson and Michelle Obama coincidentally specialized in copyright-related "intellectual property" law for the firm. I've just uncovered a further Obama link to this new copyright war. Just two weeks ago Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC acquired Steven Gibson's Las Vegas-based legal firm of Gibson Lowry Burris LLP, with Gibson becoming managing partner of what is now Dickinson's Las Vegas office.
  • Pressured to donate to United Way

    12/02/2010 6:54:35 AM PST · by Ro_Thunder · 79 replies
    Vanity | 02 December 2010 | Self
    So, my place of employment has been pressuring us with high-profile donation campaigns for a month or so. Now, I'm getting emails from the Chairman of the Board who has pledged a one-for-one dollar donation, and wants me to be a first time donor. I have several problems with this, mainly that the United Way nationally does fund Planned Parenthood. Now, locally they say they do not. However, United Way says you can make donations to specific charities. The issue I have with that is does United Way take something of the top for handling these donations? If so, why?...
  • Righthaven seeks to dismiss [its own suit against DU] over posting of R-J story

    11/16/2010 8:18:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies ^ | Nov 16, 2010 | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's copyright enforcement company no longer wants to litigate one of its more controversial cases: a complaint against the big political website the Democratic Underground. Righthaven LLC on Aug. 10 sued the website after a message-board poster copied to the site four paragraphs of a 34-paragraph May 13 Review-Journal story about Republican Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle titled "Tea Party power fuels Angle." The post by Democratic Underground website user "pampango" credited the information to the Review-Journal and included a link to the rest of the story on the Review-Journal website. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)...
  • Use of excerpts from and linking to article found to be fair use (Righthaven slapped)

    Righthaven, a company which has purchased and owns the copyrights to various news and media articles, has filed multiple lawsuits against various individuals who have reposted, excerpted or quoted one of Righthaven's copyrighted articles..... ...In one of these cases, a court recently held that the defendant's use of a news article was fair use where the defendant used excerpts of the article on his blog and then linked back to the original article....
  • NAACP voluntarily dismisses bias suit against US Airways

    11/10/2010 1:57:06 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Nov. 9, 2010 | By Linda Loyd
    What began as a startling NAACP suit accusing US Airways Group Inc. of discriminating against its African American employees at Philadelphia International Airport has ended with a settlement and a pledge by the airport's largest carrier to strengthen workplace diversity. On the matter of the monetary terms and whether the three former US Airways employees named as plaintiffs in January's federal class-action suit would get - or even want - their old jobs back, no one would say.
  • Righthaven defendant wins first lawsuit dismissal motion

    10/20/2010 4:44:06 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 | 12:54 p.m. | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal online copyright infringement lawsuit campaign sustained a setback Tuesday when a judge granted a real estate agent's motion for dismissal, ruling his posting of part of a Review-Journal story on his website amounted to fair use under copyright law.
  • Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds

    10/04/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Monday, October 04, 2010 - 12:23 PM EDT
    "Apple Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen," Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. "The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict," Decker reports. MacDailyNews Take: Tyler, Texas. Rocket Docket. Decker reports, "Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale...
  • Cancel all your European travel and vacation plans – carbon trading extortion is here

    09/28/2010 9:54:30 AM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies
    WattsUpWithThat ^ | 9/27/2010 | Anthony Watts
    This is idiotic. The EU carbon trading cabal has decided to extort the rest of the air travel world starting in 2012. In a nutshell, they’ll ban flights from landing if the airlines don’t engage in carbon trading. It’s yet another variation of the “Plane Stupid” theme. Foreign airlines are threatened with a flight and landing ban from 2012 in the European Union if they do not participate in emissions trading. The ban is proposed in an internal document by the EU Commission seen by Handelsblatt. Summarised on nine pages, the guidelines describe how such a ban could be implement....
  • Christine O'Donnell in 1999: 'I dabbled into witchcraft'

    09/18/2010 8:29:08 AM PDT · by tlb · 182 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Matt DeLong
    Bill Maher -- on whose former show, "Politically Incorrect," O'Donnell appeared repeatedly in the late 1990s -- showed a previously unaired clip from Oct. 29, 1999, on his current HBO program, "Real Time,": O'DONNELL: I dabbled into witchcraft -- I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. [...] One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn't know it. I mean, there's little...
  • Extortion by any other name

    09/13/2010 9:45:08 AM PDT · by agee · 12 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | September 13, 2010
    You know that when the Wall Street Journal uses the word "thuggish", to describe a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the contents must be serious. Normally the WSJ prefers terms like "political hard ball" and "aggressive tactics". We have another more straightforward name for this type of Chicago style politics - extortion.   The Government has heaped a massive amount of regulation onto insurance companies and that has driven their costs up. This fact is understandingly unpopular with the consumers that purchase health insurance, as they were promised that healthcare reform would lower costs. Many consumers and employers...
  • Obama Urges Court to Vacate AGW Decision. I Smell a Rat (or Two!)

    08/31/2010 3:43:54 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Aug 30, 2010 | Marlo Lewis
    Okay, you get the point. The Obama brief does everything except point out the final absurdity: Because everybody directly or indirectly consumes fossil energy, everybody is both victim and perpetrator. The implicit message of the plaintiffs’ suit is not merely sue thy neighbor, but sue yourself! Why then doesn’t Team Obama draw the obvious conclusion of its own argument and urge the Court to reinstate Judge Preska’s ruling? Why stop at the inherently provisional conclusion that the court of appeals should reassess its decision in light of prudential considerations? Maybe the calculation is simply that the Supreme Court would be...
  • Exposure by Free Republic Forces Huffington Post to Pull Article Threatening Glenn Beck

    08/30/2010 9:12:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 310 replies · 2+ views
    Monday, August 30, 2010 | Kristinn
    The Huffington Post has pulled an article published this morning targeting Glenn Beck with a $100,000 bounty after news of the threat was broken on Free Republic.The article, titled $100,000 For Glenn Beck's Sex Tapes has been replaced with the following message:Editor's Note: This piece was published directly to the Huffington Post by its author. It didn't meet our editorial standards and has been removed from the site.The URL for the pulled article reflects the title: The author of the threat, Beau Friedlander, is the former editor-in-chief of Air America.Here is the text of Friedlander's call for information to...
  • Ground Zero Mosque On The Move? (Opponents To Meet With Developers On Troubling Issue)

    08/18/2010 1:26:59 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Drudge/CBS ^ | 8-17-2010 | Wire
    NEW YORK (CBS 2) – There was a possible resolution in the works Tuesday night in the debate surrounding the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near ground zero. CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer has learned it looks as if the developers of the mosque may be willing to budge and move away from the Park 51 location where they originally planned the construction. So will the mosque be moving? New York Gov. David Paterson plans to meet with developers of the controversial ground zero mosque as early as this week to offer them state land – at another location –...